Think & Drink with Omar El Akkad and Emily Harris

Wednesday, March 20, at the Alberta Rose Theatre

Omar El Akkad

Reporting from the Middle East for Western audiences can be an especially challenging assignment for journalists. They must convey the significance of events in relation to political, social, and historical contexts that are often little-known or misunderstood by readers and listeners in the United States. This work is complicated by prejudices and stereotypes held by their audiences about the region and the people who live there. How can audiences be made to care about people and places that they can safely ignore?

Join us March 20 at the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland for a Think & Drink conversation with Omar El Akkad and Emily Harris. Our guests have many years of experience reporting from Afghanistan, Egypt, and Israel.

About This Event

Think & Drink is an onstage conversation series that explores provocative ideas and fresh perspectives.

When: Wednesday, March 20, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

We invite you to stay after the program for snacks and conversation. Minors are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Where: The Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., Portland

The Alberta Rose Theatre is accessible by Trimet bus lines 17, 70, and 72. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Tickets: General admission tickets for this event are $10. Click here to purchase tickets.

To make sure as many people as possible who want to attend are able to, a small portion of tickets are available at no cost. If you’re able to pay for a ticket, we ask that you do so to help keep this program accessible to all. Click here to reserve no-cost tickets.

If you have any questions about this event, please email Ben Waterhouse at or (503) 241-0543, ext. 122.


About Our Guests

Omar El Akkad is an award-winning journalist and author who has covered the war in Afghanistan, military trials in Guantanamo Bay, the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt, and the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, Missouri. In 2018, El Akkad’s debut novel, American War, was awarded the Oregon Book Award for fiction.

Emily Harris is a reporter and producer for the Center for Investigative Reporting’s podcast, Reveal. She previously served as an NPR international correspondent, based first in Berlin and later in Jerusalem. Harris helped start and host “Think Out Loud,” Oregon Public Broadcasting’s daily public affairs talk show.


The 2018–19 Think & Drink series is made possible thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Oregon Cultural Trust, Stoel Rives LLP, Tonkon Torp LLP, Northwest Natural, and the Kinsman Foundation. Our media sponsors for the 2018–19 series are Bridgeliner and Our community partners for this event are the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon and City Club of Portland.


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